Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OSINT NEWS- CIA, FBI, NSA, DHS, IC HAPPENINGS

 
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4 ways to find information about the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC):

(1) For real-time news updates on each of the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), scroll down right margin to "U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS- click agency below".
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Monday, September 15, 2014

OSINT, INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TRANSFORMED SPY COLLECTION

     The Effects of the Internet, Social Media and Open Source Data on Intelligence Analysis is the theme for an October 2014 seminar sponsored by the National Cryptologic Museum.  I will be there gathering information on this topic for my online spy series- "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".
     A senior officer in the FBI Cyber Division, Mr. Roozbeh, will discuss this topic from the domestic perspective and Mr. Martin Petersen, a former senior officer in the CIA Intelligence and Analysis Directorate, will present views from the foreign intelligence perspective.
     The Edward Snowden leak will be discussed as well. Mr. John C. Inglis, the Robert L. Looker Chair for Cyber Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy and former Deputy Director of NSA will discuss the aftermath of Snowden's disclosures. I wrote an article about the Snowden affair, entitled "Snowden Justifies Outsourcing Domestic Surveillance to China", and will very interested in what they have to say.
     The National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) is located next to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland and is the NSA's gateway to the American public; it shares its cryptologic legacy and place in history, allowing the public to view thousands of priceless code-breaking and code- making artifacts, like the original enigma code-breaking machine.
 
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     The effects of open source data on intelligence analysis was written about by Robert  David Steele in his article "Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)". He believes that the secret intelligence communities are blinded because they operate from the inside-out, due to their historical prejudice against OSINT. They collect data to answer critical questions that policy makers want answers to immediately. Steele says the IC intel-gatherers start with unilaterally collected secrets, rather than beginning with what they can learn from the outside-in. He also states they are upside down because they rely too much on expensive overhead satellite systems, instead of from bottom-up ground truth networks of humans with deep historical, cultural, and localized knowledge.
     Steele's article was written a while back and I believe attitudes are changing- the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is utilizing OSINT to a greater degree. Steele anticipates that OSINT will displace 80% of the current manpower and dollars devoted to secret sources & methods.  We shall see!
 
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 Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OSINT NEWS- HAPPENINGS WITHIN THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY (IC)

 
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4 ways to find information about the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC):

(1) For real-time news updates on each of the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), scroll down right margin to "U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS- click agency below".
(2)  Search TOPIC SEARCH in the upper right hand margin and type in your topic of interest. All relevant posts will appear.

(3) Click HERE and go to the TABLE OF CONTENTS to search through a list of hundreds of articles organized in a chronological sequence, find your article of interest, then click and the article appears.
(4) Go to ARTICLE ARCHIVES in the upper right hand margin and click a date. All articles written on that date will appear
 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

DRONES, SPECIAL OPS...AND 15 MINUTES- AMERICA'S NEW ASYMETRIC WARFARE RESPONSE

"DRONES, Special ops...and 15 minutes." This is a dream I had, which will quickly become a reality.
 
      In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, instant information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a clandestine raid into Syria in an effort to rescue several American hostages being held by the group. Unfortunately, one was the American journalist who was beheaded.      
     But the commandos’ information was out of date by hours; ISIS had moved the captives from the target zone. The U.S. Special Ops hit the place like a lightning bolt (undisclosed methods of approach) and engaged ISIS warriors in a horrific gun battle that ended with one Navy Seal slightly wounded and seven ISIS militants visiting 72 Virgins (or is it "Virginians"?) in the afterlife. The Special Ops team was ex-filtrated from the target area as quickly as they arrived after discovering the journalist and other Americans had been moved.
      The attempted rescue, which the Obama administration revealed one day after a graphic video was posted depicting an Islamic State member beheading kidnapped American journalist James Foley, underscores the importance of timely intelligence-action. The Pentagon’s escalating campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq depends completely on fast intelligence gathering and dissemination, followed almost instantly with lightening strikes by drones and special ops units, overhead jet fighter aircraft for support, and spy planes equipped with ECM's- electronic counter measures that block the enemy's communications, leaving them blind and unable to call for backup. It's begun and ended in less than a half hour, then we vanish. No more large-scale armored Marine divisions or prolonged, costly occupations.
      Welcome to the new war against radical Islam, which several intelligence professionals I talked to estimate will last  longer than the Cold War. 


     Fifteen minutes is the time-limit goal the Pentagon and CIA needs to set between the instant when critical intelligence is uncovered by surveillance drones, satellites or human agents on the ground (HUMINT)...and when a lightning bolt strike attack to capture or kill a radical Islamist leader or to save kidnapped Americans occurs. Fifteen minutes should be the goal...the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee in the morning. 
     Actually, this time-line goal is becoming a reality. An instant target acquisition -lightning bolt response- exfiltration operation will be the standard for America's new asymmetric warfare response to radical Islam, and it will be operational soon. I wish it already were in place, for early this summer James Foley and the other Americans would have been jettisoned out of Syria in the arms of Navy Seals and the Special Operations units.
      President Obama's speech will be interesting to hear Wednesday night (9/11/14), for he will surely announce airstrikes into Syria against the Islamic State. Americans won't hear, however, what's being discussed behind closed doors at the CIA and Pentagon. It's a certainty that they're detailing plans to "capture or kill" Abu al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and they will locate him via satellite and drone surveillance, HUMINT, ELINT and IMINT.
      After Obama's speech on Wednesday night, I'd advise al-Baghdadi to switch his location each day and night...every fifteen minutes. 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RISE OF ISIS- POLICY OR INTELLIGENCE FAILURE?

Why was the U.S. caught off-guard by the rapid ISIS gains in Iraq and Syria? (Comments welcome)
 
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     Former CIA Director Michael Morell said recently on "CBS This Morning" that President Barack Obama was wrong in claiming that bad intelligence was the reason his administration did not anticipate the speed in which ISIS would capture large portions of Iraq.
    CBS's Norah O'Donnell then asked, "The president himself admitted over the weekend that this Islamist State militants advance is more rapid than intelligence estimates. Was this an intelligence failure or a policy failure?"
     Morell replied, "So I don't think this was an intelligence failure. This is a classic problem in the intelligence world. There's a difference between strategic warning and tactical warning. There was strategic warning here in the sense that the intelligence community was saying for over a year, year and a half, two years that this group was getting stronger and stronger and stronger."
     The Obama administration, indeed, was surprised and taken off guard by the recent offensive in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group. But why? His administration says it's because of a failure by U.S. intelligence agencies to provide adequate warning about the ISIS threat.  
     Then, a few in the Intelligence Community (IC) said the main reason for the disconnect is because of the weak HUMINT (human intelligence) in Iraq and an over-reliance on technical intelligence.  
     However, Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that the Iraq crisis is a policy and not an intelligence failure. He mentioned there were signs of the ISIS threat, but President Obama ignored them. In fact, Rogers said that years ago he was concerned about ISIS and how it was "pooling up" in a dangerous way — building training camps, drawing in jihadists from around the world. As chairman of the House Intel Committee, he said "We saw all of that happening."
    Fred Fleitz, who served for 25 years with the CIA, the State Department, and the House Intelligence Committee staff, agreed with Congressman Rogers. Fleitz said there was tons of info on the news about the sectarian war brewing in Iraq and that ISIS was gaining strength in both Iraq and Syria. The U.S. intelligence agencies provided similar assessments to U.S. officials based on classified information.
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     Then, it happened. Last December ISIS seized control of Fallujah and parts of the city of Ramadi, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn issued a public warning about the significance of this development in February when he testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said "ISIS will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and the group’s ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria.”
   Fleitz pointed out that Flynn's testimony and warning demonstrates that, indeed, a top U.S. intelligence official was doing his job and beltway officials and policy makers, including the president, were warned about ISIS and the major global security threats it poses. He also said that "Some have claimed U.S. intelligence analysis about ISIS could have been better and that we lack enough human intelligence sources on the ground in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed nobody expected ISIS to advance so rapidly against Iraqi forces because we don’t have people embedded in those units." Kerry presumably meant the CIA did not have sources within ISIS.
      Fleitz gave experiential evidence why this is so, why Kerry may be partially correct- gathering credible intelligence in dangerous areas like Iraq and Syria is always limited because there's no U.S. troop presence, high levels of anti-Americanism, and tight-knit Islamist terrorist groups extremely difficult for the CIA to penetrate (like ISIS).
     Fleitz believes that the entire crisis in Iraq and Syria, and the rising power of ISIS is a major U.S. policy failure due to President Obama not leaving a small troop presence behind after the 2011 troop withdrawal and his continual ignoring of the grave threat posed by radical Islam. He believes the President was given excellent analysis about ISIS and the deteriorating situation in Iraq but he ignored it.
     What do you think? Please take the quick POLL at the top of this post and leave a comment if you like. Comments are always welcome on OSINT News polls.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

19 OSINT RESOURCES ON TERRORISM, NATIONAL SECURITY, COUNTERINTELLIGENCE

 
     When researching specific issues on national security, global terrorism or the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC),  I begin OSINT research by combing through these 19 resources. In addition, you may want to read my OSINT strategies helpful to battle radical Islam. Hope you find these 19 sites useful. Here at OSINT News, we appreciate your comments and thoughts, so please let us know what you think on the Secure Contact Form in the right margin. 

1. To find excellent news about what's happening right now in Pakistan, click HERE

2. The Defense Daily Network is the leading source for business news, market research, competitive analysis & actionable intelligence in the global defense industry, click HERE


3. The Foundation For Defense of Democracies  (FDD)  focuses on terrorism, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism. It fights the  ideologies that drive terrorism.
4. Real Clear Defense is the source for the best defense news and commentary in one place. I rate this as excellent for OSINT research due to the varied and numerous articles available.

5. The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA) is the official publication of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. It often contains articles about terrorism, the Intelligence Community (IC), and military affairs.

6. The Center for the Study of the Drone (Drone Center) has articles about issues surrounding the use of drones.

7.  The START Consortium is a center of excellence committed to the scientific study of human causes and consequences of terrorism in the U.S. and around the world.

8. Domestic Preparedness has a wealth of info for first responders, police and the lay public that prepares them for a terrorist attack or catastrophic event.

9. War on the Rocks is a web magazine for analysis, commentary, and debate on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. It features articles and podcasts produced by an array of writers with deep experience in these matters: top notch scholars who study war, those who have served or worked in war zones, and more than a few who have done it all.

10. The Global Security Newswire offers articles about WMD's, terrorist operations, counterterrorism, and national security in general.

11. Jason Leopold of Aljazeera News is an investigative reporter covering Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government and civil liberties issues. He's been called a "FOIA Terrorist" by federal employees for his aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act, which included suing the FBI and forcing the agency to change its policies. 

12. Military(dot)com offers hundreds of articles and updates about each branch of the military and concerns about national security and global anti-terrorism efforts.

13. Breaking Defense offers professional articles regarding military and defense issues of our land, air and sea forces. In addition, the site discusses congressional issues, intelligence & cyber happenings, and the strategies and policies that affect America's defense needs.

14. Defense One provides the latest news, analysis and ideas for the new era in America's national security. 

15. The Aspen Security Forum provides professional, well-documented information and discussion on issues concerning America's Homeland Security, National Security, Counterterrorism, Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Local Law Enforcement. 

16. The Center For A New American Security is an independent, private consortium of experts who develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. The site provides innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis concerning national security issues. 

17. The Chatham House- Royal Institute of National Affairs is an independent policy institute based in London concerned with international security. High quality & policy relevant insight and analysis on a wide range of critical defence and security issues is provided.

18. The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is a non-profit international professional association with over 13,000 members and 200+ organizations engaged in the science and practice of Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), and related disciplines.

19. Government Matters is a TV news broadcast that covers federal government concerns in general, but often covers in-depth issues concerning the U.S. Intelligence agencies, terrorism and national security. 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LEGENDARY MI6 OFFICER HAROLD "SHERGY" SHERGOLD- NEED INFO ON

     In the latest Association Of Former Intelligence Officer's (AFIO) update, I came across a request by Lt. Cdr. David Gioe, PhD, USN. He needs assistance in his biography of MI6 officer Harold "Shergy" Shergold. Lt. Gioe stated that this legendary MI6 officer, who had deep contacts with the CIA, worked with Joe Bulik and George Kisevalter on the Penkovsky case and even addressed the CIA in the bubble
at the trailblazer ceremony in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of CIA. 


     Lt. Gioe believes that Harold Shergold was the only foreign officer to be invited to address the Agency at this CIA anniversary event. Writing about Shergy is not an easy task for his professionalism and discretion were legendary, according to Lt. Gioe. However, he has been making some progress to this end and Shergold's personal papers and effects have enabled a promising beginning. You can help him to capitalize on this momentum- if you knew MI6 officer Harold "Shergy" Shergold or had any interaction with him at all, write Lt. Gioe an email about it at  dvgioe@gmail.com 
     As a former CIA case officer, Lt. Gioe states that he will do right by Shergy's legacy and his memory and contributions will be chronicled in proper historical context. Further, as a former CIA officer all of his manuscripts have to be vetted before publication so rest assured that anything he publishes will be reviewed by CIA to ensure classified material doesn't enter the public domain. 
     If you can help out in this project, please contact Lt. David Gioe, PhD, USN, he will be very grateful for any assistance you can provide in telling Shergy's story. 

Contact: dvgioe@gmail.com 

Addendum: Click HERE to obtain declassified CIA files on Soviet double agent for the U.S., Oleg Penkovsky

Addendum: Click HERE for transcript of interview with Joe Bulik, where Harold Shergold and the Penkovsky case is discussed.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean."  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Got a thought, article or comment you'd like to submit? Contact him on the Secure Contact Form